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Exploring Paris’s cemeteries–(Montmartre,  Montparnasse,  Passy,  Père Lachaise, and  Picpus)–can be a rewarding task. Artists, statesmen, and industrialists abound in these cities of the dead. Additionally, memorials, historical relics, and works of art make such trips all the more fascinating. With enough time, Paris’ cemeteries will reveal their treasures to any visitors. Given that most visitors are on a strict schedule, a cemetery map will save valuable time when  conducting a tour of the cemetery’s highlights. However, most maps only point to the general area in which the tomb is located. This leads to aimless wandering and frustration which can be minimized with prior knowledge of a tomb’s design. Therefore, I hope that these articles will serve as a useful tool for visitors to Paris’ cemeteries as well as  a guide to those interested in learning more about some of the most famous and interesting sites in Paris.


Cimetière de Passy was established in 1820, and is located at  2, Rue du Commandant Schœlsing, just a few blocks away from the Trocadero. It may be the smallest of Paris’s major cemeteries, but with  2,600 graves it is also the most  densely  populated. Of note is the sculptural group honoring soldiers killed during World War II on its outer wall, the 1934 pavilion/visitor’s center designed by Berger, and the three 1935 bas-reliefs by Janthial that adorn that building.

The cemetery’s architecture and monuments:

The Second World War memorial sculptural group on the  cemetery’s  outer wall:

The cemetery’s entrance:

Janthial’s 1935 bad-reliefs:

Passy’s famous residents:

The painters, Édouard Manet and Berthe Morisot (his sister in law)  are buried together:

The composer, Claude Debussy is buried in a simple tomb:

Tombs with interesting art and designs:

Views of the cemetery:

The Eiffel Tower is visible in this panorama of graves:

On a visit to Trocadero and Eiffel Tower, don’t forget to check out the Passy Cemetery as well! Stay tuned for this ongoing series on Paris cemeteries.


 16th arrondissement, Cemetery, Eiffel Tower, passy, trocadero

6 Responses
  1. Hi, thank you for the article. I believe you meant to say the memorial to the WWI soldiers, not WWII. Also (just from my memory, can’t vouch for the exactness of the information) of interest are the graves of the painter Jacque-Emile Blanche (and most probably his father, Dr Blanche), the famous Belle Epoque actress Rejane and her son Jacques Porel; all of the above must be familiar names to the Proust lovers. Also noteworthy for American readers is Nathalie Barney, the Amazon, and – honestly – another one hundred graves at that cemetery, at the very least.
    Having said that, the author is absolutely correct. Please gather as much detailed information regarding specific graves locations as possible. Even having the ‘detailed’ maps one can pick at Montparnasse cemetery or print from a website of the Montmartre one, would result in incessant frustration if you haven’t done your homework prior to your visit.

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